Common Gets Political With Appearance At Fundraiser For Native American Activist Leonard Peltier

(AllHipHop News) Rapper/actor Common will join Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and other special guests during a benefit concert for Native American activist Leonard Peltier.

Common will hit the stage during the “Bring Leonard Peltier Home 2012 Concert,” which will take place on Friday, December 14, in New York City.

Peltier, who has been imprisoned since the mid-70s for a deadly incident at Wounded Knee and Oglala in South Dakota, is also a six-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Leonard Peltier was convicted in the slayings of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975, during a shootout.

Just last year, Common’s political views were thrust into the national spotlight, after he was invited to the White House for a “Poetry Night” with Michelle Obama.

FOX News, talking head Bill O’Reilly and others blasted the rapper for the lyrics to “A Song For Assata.”

The White House invitation angered the New Jersey State Police, who labeled Assata Shakur a “fugitive,” after she escaped prison in 1979, over the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey State Trooper.

Other celebrities set to support Leonard Peltier’s bid for clemency include Danny Glover, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Native American singers Bill Miller and Jennifer Kreisberg, Bruce Cockburn and others.

The “Bring Leonard Peltier Home 2012 Concert,” will take place at the Beacon theater in New York City.

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